Physics of High Temperature Plasmas - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780126266603, 9780323161763

Physics of High Temperature Plasmas

2nd Edition

Authors: George Schmidt
eBook ISBN: 9780323161763
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th July 1979
Page Count: 422
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Physics of High Temperature Plasmas, Second Edition focuses on plasma physics and the advances in this field. This book explores the experimental observations on linear waves and instabilities. Comprised of 11 chapters, this edition begins with an overview of heat transition as a result of the heating of a solid or liquid substance. This book then examines the behavior of plasmas, which has great significance for the understanding of our universe. This text also investigates the possible application of plasmas, such as the application of hot plasma as thermonuclear fuel. Other chapters discuss the laws of plasma physics, with emphasis on those phenomena that are relevant to the operation of thermonuclear machines. This text discusses as well the electromagnetic forces on an earthly scale, the quantum effects, particle collisions, and Maxwell’s equation. The final chapter of the book deals with the motion of charged particles. This book is intended for researchers engaged in plasma research and graduate students taking a course in plasma physics.

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition

Preface to First Edition

I. Introduction

II. Motion of Charged Particles in Electromagnetic Fields

2-1. The Static Magnetic Field

2-2. The Guiding-Center Approximation; Dipole-Like Motion

2-3. The Guiding-Center Approximation; Inertial Forces

2-4. The Guiding-Center Approximation; Constancy of the Magnetic Moment

2-5. Adiabatic Invariants

2-6. Particle Motion in Fields with Spatial Symmetry; The Hamiltonian Method

2-7. Nonadiabatic Particle Motion in Axially Symmetric Fields

2-8. Static Magnetic and Time-Varying Electric Fields

2-9. High-Frequency Fields; Oscillation-Center Approximation

2-10. Summary


III. Plasma Equations: General Laws

3-1. The Boltzmann Equation

3-2. Moments of the Boltzmann Equation

3-3. Other Forms of the Conservation Laws

3-4. Solution of the Vlasov Equation

3-5. Thermodynamic Properties of Plasmas

3-6. Fluids and Plasmas

3-7. Summary


IV. Magnetohydrodynamics of Conductive Fluids

4-1. Fundamental Equations

4-2. Magnetic Field Lines

4-3. Magnetohydrostatics

4-4. Hydromagnetic Waves

4-5. Domain of Validity of the Hydromagnetic Equations

4-6. Summary


V. Hydromagnetic Stability

5-1. The Problem of Stability

5-2. The Problem of Hydromagnetic Stability

5-3. Some Applications of the Equation of Motion

5-4. Some Consequences of the Energy Principle

5-5. Application of the Energy Principle

5-6. Tearing Modes

5-7. Summary


VI. Plasma in the Steady State

6-1. Electric Fields in Plasmas

6-2. Plasma Motion in Magnetic Fields

6-3. Plasma Confinement by Magnetic Fields

6-4. The Plasma-Magnetic Field Boundary

6-5. The E Layer

6-6. Plasma Confinement by High-Frequency Fields

6-7. Quasi-Steady Processes

6-8. Summary


VII. Oscillations and Waves in Uniform Unmagnetized Plasmas

7-1. Electrostatic Oscillations

7-2. Evaluation of the Dispersion Relation

7-3. The Plasma as Dielectric Medium

7-4. Further Examples of Electrostatic Modes; Beam-Plasma System and Ion Waves

7-5. Transverse Waves in an Infinite Plasma

7-6. Summary


VIII. Waves and Instabilities in Uniform Magnetoplasmas

8-1. Waves in a Cold Magnetoplasma

8-2. Transverse Waves in Hot Magnetoplasmas

8-3. Transverse Wave Instabilities

8-4. Electrostatic Instabilities

8-5. Summary


IX. Nonlinear Waves

9-1. Limits of the Linear Theory

9-2. Nonlinear Effects Associated with Resonant Particles

9-3. Mode Coupling

9-4. Parametric Processes

9-5. Large Amplitude Waves

9-6. Summary


X. Waves and Instabilities in Bounded Plasmas

10-1. Waves in a Plasma Slab

10-2. Oscillations in a Plasma Column in a Strong Magnetic Field

10-3. Zero and Finite Background Magnetic Field

10-4. Flute-Type Instabilities

10-5. Collisionless Drift Waves

10-6. Minimum-B Geometries

10-7. Summary


XI. Collisions in Plasmas

11-1. Collisions

11-2. The Fokker-Planck Equation

11-3. Relaxation Times

11-4. Transport Phenomena

11-5. Summary


Appendix I. Useful Vector Relations

Appendix II. Some Relations in Curvilinear Coordinates

Appendix III. Some Important Plasma Characteristics

Suggested References



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